We have two Magnolias in our yard, equally magnificent but unique. The more traditional tree, a grandiflora st. mary towers over the house and provides shade and shelter for neighborhood birds. It’s also an evergreen so we tend to take if for granted since it’s covered in shiny green leaves year round. It produces huge white blooms, and lemon-sized seed pods.
The smaller, more compact Magnolia is only about six feet tall. It started out in the back yard, where it suffered from a fungus every spring. We transplanted the tree to our front yard where it now happily thrives. The Tulip Magnolia (magnolia liliiflora) is deciduous. It starts to wake up in early March with a show of pink and fuchsia, tulip-shaped blooms.
Ah, spring. All kinds of goodies in store.